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How to Detect Mold in Your Home

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of SW Monroe County we have several certified and trained technicians (specifically in mold) that can come to your home and treat whether small or large, we have you covered. Below you will find a few tips on how to detect mold in its early stages before it grows and expands further in your home.

  • A musty odor
  • Physical Symptoms such as, runny nose, irritated skin, red eyes, sneezing and coughing

(This can be differentiated from a typical cold if the person loses the symptoms when they are not in the home)

TIP: If the affected area of mold is small, and can be treated with bleach without harm, it is suggested to clean with bleach and water. Please let it dry completely.

If the problem persists, and the bleach does not do the trick, don’t panic. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County is here to help!

Please give us a call for more information at (585)-247-9090

Rainy Season is Here!

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County is highly trained and equipped to respond quicker to any size storm or flood damage, with the ability to return the affected area it to pre-storm condition. All SERVPRO franchises are independently owned and operated. Although Rochester, NY is not likely to experience severe flooding, don’t under estimate the power of rain and its ability to find its way into your basement! With access to personnel from other franchises all over the country who are happy to help in a storm situation whether it is a residential home or a large commercial property, we are ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Have Damage from a Storm or Flood? – We are here to help!

Call SERVPRO of SW Monroe County (585)-247-9090.

How to Avoid Pipe Ruptures!

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offers a wide range of services, from fire and water damages to commercial cleaning services, with the greatest quantity of cases revolving around water damage. Plenty of their water damage cases this year were weather related, but the overwhelming majority were the result of plumbing and pipe related breaks.

Rochester is notorious for cold winters, which is the optimal environment for a pipe to burst and cause water damage. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County has a few tips to avoid this dilemma. Starting as early as the spring or summer, the pipes of your home should be checked to make sure there are no existing leaks or cracks. Any issues with the pipes are easier to resolve in the warmer months before the water has a chance to freeze and crack the pipes further.  When the winter time inevitably comes and you suspect that your pipes are frozen, there are a few more options to prevent them from bursting and causing water damage. First, it is important to make sure that the temperature surrounding the pipes does not reach 32 degrees, the freezing point of water. If possible, try to utilize pre-existing home circulation systems to keep pipes heated. Also, there are products like heat tape that can be wrapped around pipes to keep them insulated. Finally, disconnect any garden hoses connected to outside faucets and install faucet insulators to avoid pipe ruptures and water damage.

As always in upstate New York, winter is coming and it is never too early to prepare. In the event of any pipe rupture or general water damage, call SERVPRO of SW Monroe County to receive professional care. For questions, call (585) 247-9090, visit their website, add them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Fresh Clean Carpets for Fresh Spring Air!

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

As the warmer weather breaks through, it is important to kick the winter time colds out and get a fresh new start. Get a few tips/ideas of areas to clean that hold a lot of bacteria that don’t always come to mind first.

  • Get a compressed air blower to clean out your keyboard
  • Use anti-bacterial cleaner to wipe down chairs, keyboard, mouse, phones, etc.
  • Microfiber towels will pick up more than a regular towel

When it comes to heavy traffic areas, like carpets, rugs and floors, the team at SERVPRO of SW Monroe County can perform commercial carpet cleaning to have your floors ready for summer time weather. Technicians are capable of cleaning businesses and commercial buildings of any size, even after hours so that normal business production is not interrupted.

Call us at (585)-247-9090

Keep your Family Prepared for a Fire

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County is an independently owned and operated franchise, in which was started by family. We understand the significance of keeping our family and loved ones safe to prevent any tragedies. Follow the tips below to ensure your smoke detectors are operating to their full potential.

  1. Batteries in a smoke detector should be replaced every 6 Months
  2. Clean off any dust on the unit as it may interfere with the sensor
  3. Test your smoke alarm to ensure that it is working properly
  4. Discuss with family members on a fire escape plan

In the event of a fire or smoke damage, please call SERVPRO of NW Monroe County to help get your home or property back to normal.

Call us at (585)-247-9090

Storm Tips!

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

With storm season swiftly approaching New York, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County has been emphasizing the importance of emergency storm preparedness. As the Rochester, NY, area’s leading storm damage restoration experts, they are very familiar with the risks posed by storms, including the best ways to prepare for them. Here, they focus on the benefits of having a backup generator.

5 Benefits of Having a Backup Generator During a Storm

1. Don’t Get Stuck in the Dark

A backup generator, especially a standby generator that automatically kicks in during power failures, will ensure your home stays well-lit. Without having to rely on flashlights or candles, your family will be able to go about their business without getting stuck in the dark.

2. Remain Comfortable

Without adequate power, you won’t be able to use heating or air conditioning, which can be devastating if temperatures are extreme. If the power goes out this winter, for example, a generator will allow you to stay warm until regular power is restored.

3. Food Won’t Spoil

If a power outage lasts more than a few days, refrigerated food can easily spoil. But with a backup generator in place, your food will last longer, and you won’t have to rely on dry goods or eating out.

4. Maintain Communications

Storm damage restoration experts will agree that it’s vital to have radio contact — and even better to have internet and television access, too. This will allow you to stay apprised of weather updates and to reach out for help in case of emergency.

5. Control Flooding

Having a backup generator is especially helpful for preventing your basement from flooding. If you have a sump pump, devise a plan for how it can continue working, even during a power outage. This will save you a lot on emergency water damage repair costs.


If you live near Rochester, NY, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County hopes you’ll turn to them in the event you ever need storm damage restoration services. Just call (585) 247-9090 to make an inquiry. They have extensive experience in water and fire restoration, as well as other cleanup services, and take pride in helping people get their lives back to normal. For more storm damage restoration information, please visit their website.

Business Closings After a Fire

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

An estimated 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen.

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County has worked with many businesses in the area to ensure they are prepared for any emergency. 

Between 2013-2015 16,360 fires happened in retail stores and other mercantile properties such as grocery stores beauty and barber shops.

Those fires caused $648 million in property damage. Fire damage is worse after normal business hours. Fires that started between 9PM-5AM caused $75,000 dollars in damage. Fires that started between 5AM-9AM caused $24,000 dollars in fire damage.

More than 60% of U.S. small businesses do not have formal emergency response plans & do not back-up their data off site.

No Plan Means You're Less Likely to Recover

80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within 1 month are likely to go out of business. 75% of companies without a business contingency plan fail within 3 years of a disaster.

70% of small business that experience major data loss go out of business within a year.

43% of companies that experience catastrophic data loss never reopen.

51% of companies with data loss closed within 2 years.

80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within 1 month are likely to go out of business. 75% of companies without a business contingency plan fail within 3 years of a disaster.

Tips For Creating a Successful Emergency Ready Plan

  1.  Let the professionals help you. Work with an emergency restoration company for assistance in creating your emergency ready profile.
  2. Identify and label utility shut-off locations.
  3. Identify local utility contact information.
  4. Identify local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts.
  5. Establish main internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and emergency work authorization.

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. Please contact our Commercial Business Development Representatives Alisha Eckerson and Jamie Holley to setup your free Emergency Ready Profile.

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As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. "Like it never happened" Contact Us! 24/7 for more information.

Beat the Water Damage to the Punch!

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water damages can lead to massive disasters in your home. Whether it is a flood, a water leak, or general condensation build up in household equipment, professional companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offer 24/7 services to remedy these issues before any water damage repairs need to be undertaken.

HVAC Cleanings

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offers HVAC cleanings to remove moisture from HVAC machines. This is incredibly important in the summer because the humidity and moisture in the air is filtered through the HVAC machine and can potentially cause water damage. HVAC cleanings extend the life of the equipment, a much cheaper alternative than replacing the machine.

Odor Removal

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County also offers odor removal and deodorizing treatments. Often times when a smell in a home appears, it is due to a water leak that is creating mildew. If ignored, a water leak is sure to cause water damage within a home. Speedy service is essential to absorbing the costs of potential water damages in a home.

Water damages leach the life out of home equipment and are responsible for costly home repairs. However, with quick and efficient mitigation services, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County utilizes a general rule of thumb: restoring is exponentially cheaper than replacing. For questions about HVAC cleanings and Odor Removal treatments, call SERVPRO of SW Monroe County at (585) 247-9090, check their website, or go take a look at their Facebook and Twitter page.

 

How to Prevent Further Damage after a Fire

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Prevent Further Damage after a Fire Roof Tarp is secured to prevent any water or moisture from getting inside the home and causing further damage.

In the unfortunate event of a home or business that has caught on fire, we have a few ideas to keep in mind and follow in order to prevent further damage. If a fire has caused exposure to the outside, nature can cause further damage to inside of your home if not taken care of properly. Please see below for some ideas and tips to help you and your family prevent any further damage.

  1. Tarp or Cover any holes in the roof
  2. Board up any windows or doors that were damaged
  3. Contact your insurance company a reputable fire restoration company immediately

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County is an independently owned and operated franchise.

In the event of a fire or smoke damage, please call SERVPRO of NW Monroe County to help get your home or property back to normal.

Call us at (585)-247-9090.

How to Prevent Mold

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

The leading cause of mold indoors is from moisture. Whether it is water damage, dampness or high levels of humidity, anywhere there is moisture mold will most likely grow. Mold can appear and grow very rapidly so it is important to react quick when you notice moisture. Use these important preventative measures in order to help you prevent mold growth on your property.

  1. Ensure you have proper ventilation in your home
  2. Install a dehumidifier
  3. Fix any and all leaks as soon as possible
  4. In areas of dampness, dry them out and place a dehumidifier close by.

In the event of mold damage, please call SERVPRO of SW Monroe County to help get your home or property back to normal.

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County is an independently owned and operated franchise.

Call us at (585)-247-9090